Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ about Valamis - Learning Experience Platform

General questions

What is a Learning Experience Platform?

The Learning Experience Platform (LXP or LEP) is a digital learning platform and learning ecosystem, designed to create branded and personalized learning experiences by combining learning contents from different sources, recommending and delivering them with the support of Artificial Intelligence, across the digital touch points.

What does Valamis mean?

Valamis is a word that comes from the Eastern Finnish dialect, which means “ready and complete”.

What is a learning path?

A learning path is a flexible collection of learning goals that you need to complete for example to learn a new skill, advance into next job position or get onboarded to your job.

When you complete a learning path, you will be awarded a badge and a certificate for completing the learning path.

Learning paths can be used to build learning plans and broader curriculums.

Examples of learning goals inside a learning path: self-paced learning modules (or lessons), videos, webinars, classroom training, assignments, and so on.

What is xAPI?

The Experience API (xAPI) is a learning specification, used to collect and stream variety user actions from a wide range of digital touchpoints.

In other words, using xAPI gives you the ability to track learning; how it impacts employees performance and how the learning process can be connected to real business outcomes.

Learn more Experience API (xAPI) Learning Standard

Where is Valamis located?

With its headquarters in Joensuu, Finland, Valamis has a total of eight offices in Finland, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Russia.

Valamis also has an extensive partner network in South and North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Is it your own product?

Yes, Valamis - Learning Experience Platform is developed in-house in collaboration with our customers and partners.

Delivery

What is included with the Valamis LXP?

Depends on your business needs.

The delivery project usually includes setup and configuration of Valamis - Learning Experience Platform, branded look and feel, migration of your existing contents to the new environment and required integrations.

How much does Valamis LXP cost?

In order to give an accurate price estimate, we need to fully understand the level of customization and integrations required, and the unique ecosystem of users.

What kind of support do you provide?

We offer a basic best effort email support and a premium, global 24/7/365 customer support for our clients.

Premium support is an additional service.

Do we need an LMS for the Valamis LXP to work?

Valamis LXP is a complete solution.

You can use it as your learning infrastructure or as a part of it.

Valamis comes with the LXP, LMS, content authoring tools and the Learning Record Store (LRS).
It includes all LMS capabilities, but also AI, customization, analytics, and integrations for a complete learning ecosystem.

It can also work alongside your current LMS and integrate with your content authoring systems and learning record stores.

How can you help us to migrate from our old eLearning solution to Valamis LXP? What are the steps?

We can help you save all of your data and transfer it to the new Valamis LXP, so nothing will be lost.

  1. We will determine all sources of data: user profiles, LRS records, and data from integrated services and tools.
  2. Together we will analyze the feasibility of the data migration and decide whether to anything beyond user profiles or not.
  3. User profiles and their statements from the legacy LMS will be transferred to the new Valamis LXP and LRS.
  4. Integrations from the legacy LMS will be connected to the new Valamis LXP. So data from used services and tools, related to the specific old profile, will be linked to the same, new profile.

Capabilities

What modules and extra services does Valamis LXP have?

You can find the latest information on modules and extra services in the Valamis overview directory, as well as the key LXP features page.

What languages are supported?

Valamis - Learning Experience Platform supports 20 languages and dialects, and any language is available upon request.

  • Arabic
  • Czech
  • German
  • Greek
  • English (Original)
  • Spanish
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Dutch
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional

Can I use my existing PPTs, PDFs, SCORM, xAPI/Tincan files?

Yes. You can import SCORM and xAPI/Tincan files, and automatically create self-paced learning modules (xAPI) from existing PDF or PPT files.

Can I use video in my learning content?

Yes. You can upload videos from your computer. Choose from the existing files or import them from YouTube or Vimeo.

Do I need an external content authoring tool?

No, you don't need an external content authoring tool, but you can use one with Valamis.

Valamis comes with a built-in, content authoring tool, Lesson Studio, for creating xAPI compliant HTML5 learning contents online without any external tools.

SCORM and xAPI packages created with for example Captivate or Storyline can be imported to Valamis.

Also, you can convert existing PDF and PPT materials to trackable digital learning xAPI modules with Valamis import tools.

What reporting capabilities does Valamis have?

Valamis has a good selection of canned reports, and on top of that, our data scientist team will design and build you the custom reports you need to drive your business results with learning.

The learning data is also available for your own reporting and dashboard tools.

The canned reporting includes, for example, the learning patterns report for understanding the activity, learning patterns and content quality, and detailed progress report.

Do you have an integrated system for organizing live training events and webinars?

Yes. We support live instructor-led training and webinar based training with our training event management module.

Valamis training event management comes with flexible enrollment management, calendar integrations and integrates with popular web conferencing tools to host webinars and online training events.

Valamis supports email and system notifications for event communication (registration, changes etc).

Do you have a standard API to SAP, Sharepoint, etc.?

Valamis has a set of standard APIs for integrating with 3rd party solutions such as SharePoint, Google Apps and YouTube.

We can use the custom APIs to integrate with SAP.

Do you have a content marketplace?

No. We have integrations with well-known course marketplaces and content providers, you can find the full list on the LXP features page.

We are currently working on our own content marketplace, which will be offered as part of our core product offering in the future.

How do users log in -- Can we use our Single Sign-On (SSO)?

Yes, you can. Valamis supports Single-Sign-On (SSO) authentication via SAML 2.0, OAuth 2, ADFS, Shibboleth, Azure AD, NTLM, CAS, SiteMinder, OpenSSO, OpenID, Facebook.

Is Valamis LXP design responsive? Is it mobile-friendly? Is there a mobile app?

Yes, Valamis has a responsive design so you can use it across all of your devices.

Valamis is also mobile-friendly and can be accessed from our native mobile apps for iOS and Android for online and offline learning.

The mobile app can be white-labeled to match your brand.

You can download the apps with a demo account from the App Store and Google Play.

Learn more about Mobile Learning App

Do you have gamification?

Yes. Valamis supports badges, certificates and leaderboards.

You can also add external serious games and simulations as learning goals into a learning path by using the xAPI as the interface.

Learning modules do also have interactive elements for a more gamified experience.

We are open to other gamification methods and suggestions.

How do you support social collaboration?

Social collaboration is supported in Valamis though the activity feed, which is designed to look similar to popular social media.

Employees can see the activity of their colleagues, share content, create content, rate content, like and comment on content.

You can also create discussion boards around courses or specific content, and search for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

Is People Analytics included in the product or do I need a standalone BI solution for that?

Yes, People Analytics is included.

We can link your employee data and business data to get insights and understand how to upskill your workforce.

Security and Compliance

Is it GDPR compliant?

Yes, Valamis LXP is fully GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant.

What security and data policy certificates do you have?

Valamis is built in accordance with security guidelines such as OWASP Top 10 and CWE/SANS Top 25.

These recommendations help to protect the learning environment and customers' data against known kinds of attacks and security vulnerabilities.

Are you compliant with the 508, WCAG 2.0, AIDA or other accessibility standards?

Valamis LXP is built in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Section 508 recommendations.